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(en) Germany, Die Platform: On the streets for the feminist revolution - action report from March 8, 2024 (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 14 Apr 2024 11:12:14 +0300

March 8th is over. Across Germany, women, lesbians, inter, trans, non-binary, agender people (FLINTA*s) and their allies took to the streets on the feminist day of struggle to demonstrate for overcoming the patriarchy. In most cities, the mobilization was led by local feminist collectives or alliances. Anti-capitalist and revolutionary positions were clearly visible and audible in many places. ---- We as an organization have also taken part in or helped organize mobilizations nationwide. In more cities than in previous years, our local groups were able to appear in an organized manner and represent our points of view to the outside world. We also published a joint statement for the first time with the comrades from Perspective Self-Administration. A sign of the increasingly strengthening connection between the two organizations. Short reports from the individual cities follow.

This year, as a local group, we took part in a demonstration called for by trade unions and civil coalitions. In addition to flags and a larger banner, we also had a bunch of double-sided flyers with a short statement and slogans. The flyers were practically ripped out of our hands. The slogans met with a lot of approval and were then chanted together. The demo ended near a rally by an alliance of left-wing radical groups, in which we also took part. In total, an estimated 3,500 people were on the streets in Leipzig that day.

In the capital, together with other anarchists and the feminist collective Azadi Berlin, we took part in a demonstration under the motto "Feminism unlimited". Around 5,000 people followed the call. Our banner read: "Against the state and capital - feminism everywhere!". On March 9th we also gave the platform's anarcha-feminism lecture as part of our monthly cafe on line 206.

This year, the Hamburg Alliance called for an international March 8 strike under the motto "Unite fights against austerity policies, wars and right-wing ideology". Thousands of FLINTA*s with and without disabilities as well as cis men in solidarity gathered at Hamburg's town hall market and marched through the city center with a powerful demonstration. In addition to musical contributions, performances and dance gave the gathering a lively, resistant expression. We from the Hamburg local group were on the streets for a combative March 8th and took part with printed out demo slogans and song lyrics.

This year, as the Ruhr local group, we joined the demonstration for Feminist Day of Fight in Bochum. Around 4,000 people marched from the main train station under the motto: "Show your teeth, stand your ground!" to the theater. We took part with a banner that denounced lousy wages, measly pensions and male violence as symptoms of patriarchy and capitalism. The demonstration was embedded in a broader campaign, the Feminist Action Weeks, for which events are taking place throughout March.

In the early evening of March 8th, around 5,000 people gathered in the shadow of Cologne Cathedral for a feminist demonstration. The call was made by an alliance of various feminist and revolutionary groups, in which we also took part. In the first speech of the evening, two comrades from our local group vented their anger about the patriarchal conditions. They clearly showed the perspective we are fighting for: down with patriarchy, state and capital. For a good, free life for all people! At the demo itself we were represented with flags and a banner.

This year's March 8th in Siegen took place as part of the feminist action weeks, which included a total of eleven workshops, concerts, lectures, discussions and more. A discussion on anarcha-feminism organized by FAU, a reading of children's books and a workshop on feminism and climate stood out. The demo on the feminist day of struggle itself, in which we from the initiative to build a local platform group took part, was unfortunately only moderately well attended with 100 people.

We have been working as a local group with the Trier Feminist Network for several years. This organized a demonstration again in 2024 for the feminist day of struggle. Under the motto "Against bullies and fascists - Fight the Power! Fight the System!" 450 people marched from the Porta Nigra to the cattle market. In addition to the friends of the Kurdish and Iranian communities, we were also represented again this year with a speech. The demonstration sent a militant message in purple smoke and ended with an exuberant collective Kurdish folk dance.

In the coming months and years we want to further deepen our anti-patriarchal approach in theory and practice. Do you share our perspective of anarchist feminism and want to fight for it together? Then join us! Write a direct message or email to your nearest local group or to the federation.

Resistance and organization - for the feminist revolution!

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